I finished the Idlewood (my rav link) last night and am happily wearing it today. Georgia has informed me that she wants one exactly like mine except in red and not itchy. I LOVE this sweater. Bruce likes the cowl neck and the fit, but he hates the short sleeves (it was a little hard to take pix of the short sleeves on my own. Sorry). Ah well. I'm enjoying the sleeves and I might have enough yarn to make them longer in the future if I so choose. But I'm pretty happy with the short ones for spring.
Pattern: Idelwood (Rav pattern page) by Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Yarn: Cascade Eco +
Needles: US 10.5, 10, 9 and 8 (6.5, 6, 5.5 and 5 mm)
Modifications: I switched the garter stitch bands at the hip and arms to 2x2 ribbing, as the garter stitch was not flattering on me at all. In any way. Nope. I made the sleeves about three inches longer than the pattern called for as cap sleeves are not flattering on me. To reduce the circumference of the sleeves I ended up graduating downwards in needle size on the ribbing so that I had a nice tight finish without having to reduce stitches. I also left off the pockets. I am such a minimalist.
I also cast on for some Monkey socks yesterday. It has been at least a year since I picked up double pointed needles, and I have to say, still not really a fan. I don't find them difficult to use or anything, just annoying. But I figure I should at least give them a fair shake and attempt to get more comfortable with them before I consign them to heck.
See, Kael, even just a mention of handknitted socks inspired me! Thank you again!
Also, my buddy over at Annie Mall got me some graphite Smencils. So I got us some color Smencils. And we are going to have a Smencil party soon. Very exciting. Thank you, "Annie."
Two totally random acts of kindness for Kael and Annie brightened my Tuesday (and numerous other days for the foreseeable future) immeasurably. I'm feeling very very lucky right now to have these two awesome ladies in my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.